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11/15/2012 3:00:00 PM
Reflections 11-15-12

News compiled by Ginny Leap from past issues of

Switzerland County newspapers


Vevay's Adrienne Williams went to Beverly Hills, California, last week to participate in the "Upcoming Best New Talent Show," and after wowing the judges and other talent scouts, she's now headed back to California to begin her acting and modeling career.

Swiss Wine Festival Princess Elizabeth Jones was crowned the second runner up in the 2002 Indiana State Festivals Association pageant that was held this weekend at French Lick Springs Resort. Festival princesses from all around the state competed in the pageant. This is the highest that a Swiss Wine Festival princess has ever placed. Natasha Schroeder was the pageant's fourth runner up three years ago.


It took only 22 minutes for the tornado to pass through Switzerland County Sunday evening - from 5:05 to 5:27, the National Weather Service said - but that's all the time it needed to destroy homes, trailers and barns of many residents residing in the county's eastern sector. The Florence area and the highlands above it were devastated by the storm. Volunteers worked to clean up the wreckage in the aftermath of the storm, which resulted in more than $1 million in damage. The storm entered Switzerland County approximately one mile east of Markland Dam and proceeded 10 miles northeast, destroying or damaging everything in its path. It exited the county near North Landing, at the intersection of the River Road and North Branch Road. The tornado winds were clocked at from 158 to 206 miles per hour by the National Weather Service. The storm was so fierce it could be seen from the observation tower on top of the National Weather Service station at the Greater Cincinnati Airport throughout its 22-minute duration.


Vevay residents can look for a "cleaner and more efficient" sewer and water system by the middle of next summer as construction continues on new lines and the refurbishing of old equipment, according to Town Board attorney Ronald Hocker.

With the official opening of shotgun season for deer there were only a few alterations but a multitude of taken deer, according to Steve Gerber, State Conservation Officer for Switzerland County.

Three Switzerland County residents recently graduated from Indiana University. They are Margaret Cecile Ellis of route 1, Bennington, with a bachelor of science degree in business. Karen Elaine Beck and Peggy Lorraine Eckerty, both of Vevay, with master's degrees in education.


The Switzerland County school board is in the preliminary discussion stage of its work on a possible new elementary school - or schools - for the county.

Is Democrat-dominated Switzerland County moving - however gradually - toward a full-fledged two-party political system? The county's Republicans had two impressive winners here this year - President Nixon and County Commissioner candidate Harold Vernon Riley.

Mr. and Mrs. Joe Brady will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon with an open house in their home at 508 Seminary Street in Vevay.


Larry Kinman has agreed to serve as second vice president of the board of directors of Vevay-Switzerland-Sesquicentennial. A Posey Township resident, Kinman works in Vevay's First National Bank.

Dr. Noel S. Graves was returned by ambulance last week from the King's Daughters' Hospital in Madison to his home in Vevay, following a heart attack.

Miss Julie LeClerc Knox was appointed honorary member of the board of directors of Vevay-Switzerland County Sesquicentennial by a unanimous vote of the directors Thursday night. Miss Julie is the town's leading historian and has had several books published concerning local history.


Fire which resulted from a bolt of lightning during a rain storm Friday night destroyed a large barn on the farm of R. D. Slawson on Parks Ridge. The bolt also entered the nearby house on the farm, known as the Adolphus Leap property, and ripped loose lighting fixtures. Mrs. Elaine Slider resides in the house.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Patterson quietly observed their 53rd wedding anniversary Wednesday at their home in York Township.

Reverend and Mrs. Calvin Romans will observe their golden wedding anniversary at their home here Sunday.

Funeral services for U.S. Army Private James Walter Buddenburg of Patriot who received fatal injuries in action in Korea on September 7th, while serving with the 1st Division of the U.S. Marine Corps, will be held at the Patriot Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon.


Mrs. Howard Torrance, clerk of the local Selective Service Board, is probably the only mother in the state that has signed the papers for two sons to enter the service. The first son, Robert N. Torrance, enlisted as an Aviation Cadet in the U.S. Army some months ago, and the second son, William H. Torrance, has now enlisted in the same service.

Mr. and Mrs. Roger Iddings and son, Roger, left Monday morning for Greenfield, Indiana where Mr. Iddings is employed in the schools and where they will make their home.

Born, a son, Larry James, to Mr. and Mr. John Lock of Fairview.


William E. Ogle, real estate and insurance man of Vevay, paid off an election bet Saturday by riding his neighbor and the winner of the bet, Thomas Clements, on a wheel barrow through the business section of Vevay.

The Cosmoella cafe and restaurant, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woodward of Vevay, will have its opening Saturday.

Edwin Carver, carpenter and machinist of Quercus Grove, died at his home here Sunday evening, having suffered a paralytic stroke last August.

Friends of Charlie Knox, former Vevay boy, will regret to learn of his death which occurred November 9th at his home in Redondo Beach, California.


Bernard HIggins, 14-year-old son of Charles Higgins and wife of near Brushy Fork, was seriously injured Saturday when a shotgun fired unexpectedly, the load passing through toes of his left foot.

Newland C. Brown, who was recently employed as manager of the Farmers Telephone exchange in Vevay, began his new duties last Saturday.

Mr. and Mrs. Duncan Haskell has purchased the Dan Brindley restaurant on Main Street and took possession last Wednesday.

G. E. Kemper and wife of Indianapolis have moved to Vevay and Mr. Kemper, a practicing chiropractor for two years, will open an office in the A.J. Williams building.


In 1888, Thanksgiving turkeys sold for 10 cents a pound. This year the price will likely be 25 cents a pound.

The steamer Hattie Brown failed to make her regular trip last Saturday on account of being condemned by inspectors.

Mrs. Ida May Shadday, wife of Clarence Shadday, died at their home near Bennington Monday morning. She had been ill the past three weeks with typhoid-pneumonia. She was 32 years of age.

Edward Myers died at his home near Allensville Monday morning following an attack of heart trouble.

Born, a son to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Rice of Bascom.

Born, November 6th, a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Hankins of Craig Township.


Eugene Lester and family, who last February moved to Mound Valley, Kansas, have returned to Mount Sterling for residence.

Married by the Reverend E. G. Seymour at his residence near East Enterprise Tuesday, November 15th, William S.Byram and Jane Pendry, both of Switzerland County.

Licensed to marry - Edward Wilson and Lula Smith; Wiliam Taylor and Mary A. Brown; Herman H. Schnale and Mary Thomas.


Last Tuesday morning the roof of the residence of John Windhizer of Vevay was partially destroyed by fire. The fire company was out in full force and the fire was soon extinguished.


The mail agent now on the mailboat, Major Anderson, W. H. Kirby of Warsaw, Kentucky, is not only a good officer but a clever and accommodating gentleman.

The fine mail steamer General Buell, with Captain Whitton and Major Duning in command, is again in the Cincinnati and Louisville trade. The boat itself is unsurpassed and its officers are as good as could be desired.

The removal of General McClellan and the appointment of General Burnside to the command of the Army of the Potomac is well received in Indiana. Burnside is a Hoosier.

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